West Coast home prices, are we hitting bottom soon?

The latest issue of Money Magazine asks a question most U.S. homeowners are wondering, "When will home prices hit bottom already?" (April 2009, pg. 65). Whether it's for sheer interest, refinancing a loan or a desire to buy or sell, the question piqued my interest while flipping through the...

comScore search rankings: Google still holds 3-to-1 lead

The February search rankings report from comScore reveal Google's stranglehold on all things search is still commanding.According to the report, about 60% of all Internet searches go through Google or one of its many properties such as YouTube. Its closest competitor, Yahoo, takes in just over 20%. Microsoft, despite...

Will Apple launch a Netbook?

The latest rumor buzzing around tech circles is whether Apple will release a Netbook. After some initial research I believe the question is when, and not so much if. It would be hard to imagine Apple not wanting a piece of this fast growing market.Once again, though, Apple will...

5 ways to save money on your next tech purchase

Recently I was looking for a deal on a MP3 player for my son-in-law. I pulled out my usual Web shopping bag-of-tricks, starting with Google of course. Just typing in "best MP3 player" results in all sorts of informative reviews and comparison sites. It can be onerous though sifting...

Credit Karma: Does your credit score give you good karma?

When Clint and I were purchasing our primary residence, we subscribed to a credit monitoring company to make sure our credit scores were in good standing.As a rule though, based on the FCRA, the big three consumer reporting companies (Equifax, Experian and TransUnion) have to provide each individual a...

PDA to 3G iPhone

I've been a confirmed PDA user since the days of the Sharp Wizard. I upgraded over the years to the Zaurus, then to the various HP models of PDA. When my HP screen "went south" I took advantage of an AT&T offer to get the windows driven...

New Kindle improved, but solving wrong problem?

I've been following the new Kindle announcement by Amazon with skeptical interest. The device, a digital reader for 'e-books', has met with some moderate success, and is often sold-out on the Amazon Web site. The new version is slimmer, better and cheaper — all par for the course in...

Windows 7: My first impressions

So far the scuttlebutt on Windows 7 is positive. Overwhelmingly and surprisingly so.After all, isn't this the same allegedly evil Microsoft that has tormented us poor computer users for years? I'd say sometimes deservedly so (using OS monopoly against Netscape to win browser wars) to other times unjustified (the...

The top 3 CES products worth waiting for (and 1 over-hyped to avoid)

With the Consumer Electronics Show behind us now, it's time to update our gadget lust lists. Or is it really? I mean when I review all the announcements and new products showcased at this year's show (which, not surprisingly, saw attendance plummet 25%) I don't see a whole lot...